Vince’s Gourmet Still Life

Vince’s Gourmet Imports is an Italian grocery store on Route 11 in North Syracuse, New York. I love the depth and breadth of the merchandise. What works here is rhythm – the repetition of shapes and color.

These are acrylic paintings on 16″ x 20″ canvas panels created by students in my 8th grade accelerated Studio in Art classes. (Chittenango Middle School, Chittenango, New York) The trick is to start with white paint, add Raw Sienna (a yellow ochre color) then add the color of your choice. One color then permeates throughout the canvas, which is pleasing to the eye and causes non-artists to say something like, “I don’t know why I like this, but I do.”

We looked at the work of Janet Fish, specifically the techniques used to create the illusion of reflective surfaces. I am so pleased with the results.

4 thoughts on “Vince’s Gourmet Still Life”

  1. These are so vibrant and wonderful!! They sure beat Andy Warhol’s tomato soup cans!! What a great idea!! And Vince’s is the best…well, so is Lombardy’s.

    1. Thanks, Marlene. I think the success of the paintings is the composition – the repetition of items. Kids draw one bottle then they are confident that they can do it again. Once their drawings felt successful to them, they trusted they could do the rest. Most had never painted before- mixing colors on a palette. They really did well!

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